The CRC is determined to support and develop our future researcher’s of tomorrow. So we were delighted to assist AECC UC final year student, Savanna Koebisch, attend the recent “EPIC2019” World Federation of Chiropractic’s Biennial Congress held in Berlin, in collaboration with the European Chiropractors’ Union.

Savanna had her project accepted for poster presentation, and also presented her findings to some of our professions most prestigious researchers and academics at the Researchers’ Day. She is, we think, well on her way to becoming an ‘EPIC clinician and academic’!

Here’s what Savanna had to say about her experience:

“Berlin: rich in history and this year’s location of the WFC/ECU congress. The ‘EPIC’ strapline resonated with many of the experienced clinicians and academics in the crowd, reiterating their style of practice. As a student, it confirmed that the chiropractic profession is actively promoting evidence-based practice, and echoed what my chiropractic institution has taught me.

Mingling amongst the profession’s greats in the halls, I recognised several familiar faces. Some were from journals, techniques, and organisations I had studied, and some were from the previous WFC congresses I attended with my father, who is also a chiropractor. The last congress that I attended, in Athens, was where I was encouraged by the AECC UC’s principal at the time, Professor Haymo Thiel, to join the MChiro course offered in Bournemouth. Now, four years later, I was proud to attend the congress as a final year chiropractic student, eager to contribute to the profession as a working clinician soon.

Attending the Researcher’s Day as the presenter of a prospective project “Recruitment and Retention of Chiropractors in Rural and Remote Canada”, I received friendly and constructive input from several top-notch researchers. As highlighted in many of the congress’ sessions, this type of fostering is vital for the profession’s future researchers. This session was very motivational and encouraged me to continue pursuing a career in research. My abstract on “Recruitment and Retention of Healthcare Professionals in Rural Canada” was accepted as a research poster, which I presented at the first day of the congress.

I would encourage any current chiropractic students to consider taking up an interest in research. Whether it’s because you like systematic approaches and are a meticulous worker, or because you want to contribute to the profession’s future by producing high-quality data; there’s something in it for everyone. What stuck with me the most from Berlin, was that the future is in our hands, and that our research can determine chiropractic’s course over the next years. Most of all, there is unlimited inspiration, motivation, and support from the existing researchers, who understand the importance of mentorship and involving the upcoming contributors.

I want to be an EPIC clinician and academic, and I will always remember Berlin as a milestone in my own history, where my first research poster was exhibited. I would like to thank the CRC and the AECC UC for their support which allowed me to experience this memorable event.”

Savanna Koebisch, MChiro 4, AECC UC